The much debated Springfield nuisance ordinance was passed unanimously Monday night by the town’s selectboard. The ordinance, which will go in effect in 60 days after publishing, requires property owners within 500 feet of schools and licensed daycares to maintain their property to a certain aesthetic standard.
The idea, according to town officials, is to elevate the attractiveness of the town to potential new residents and business owners. Residents met for a public hearing on the proposal earlier this month, in which several changes were adopted.
The first was to limit the zone to within 500 feet of schools and daycares, with the second being the addition of a clause that allows for “compassion for residents” in instances of elderly or disabled homeowners.
The decision can be appealed within 45 days of Monday’s vote by way of a petition containing the signatures of 5-percent of the town’s population – or about 300 residents.